Joint Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Request for Information

March 12, 2009
Docket Number: 

American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives

GVNW Consulting, Inc.

(Late Submission)
Please see attachment for comments of GVNW.

ACF7274.pdf 112.54 KB

Michael Tattersall

(Late Submission)
Stratsoft is a broadband mapping specialized consultancy located in Massachusetts. Many mapping endeavors fall gravely short of the needs to equate telecommunications delivery to populations, businesses needs and public safety. Inadequate maps risk expensive errors in proposals, bidding management, and ultimately successful delivery. Inadequate here means too little directly pertinent data and inadequate back end charts and graphs for one key stroke evaluation output. An attached document provides detail. Seeing maps that work can show this. We are happy to meet with government or bidders to educate and work with them on this project. Michael Tattersall, CEO, Stratsoft LLC Direct line 978-371-2299

Public Comment re Broadband Mapping Failure Avoidance Stratsoftllc.doc 33 KB
Public Comment re Broadband Mapping Failure Avoidance Stratsoftllc.doc 33 KB

"Shepherd, Tammi" <>

(Late Submission)
Please find comments on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program on
behalf of Oakland County, Michigan attached.

Thank you for your consideration,

Tammi Shepherd

Project Manager

Implementation Services

Information Technology

Oakland County

1200 N Telegraph, Building 49 West

Pontiac, Michigan 48341


Oakland County Michigan - BTOP Comments.doc 88 KB

"Christopher White" <>

(Late Submission)
Enclosed are comments for filing in Docket No.090309298-9299-01.

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comments of New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel Docket No. 090309298-9299-01.PDF 192.09 KB

Jessica L. Stoller

(Late Submission)
Attached are the comments of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in regards to Docket No. 090309298-9299-01.

WI Dept Commerce Comments Docket 090309298-9299-01.doc 45.5 KB

Cheryl DeConde Johnson

(Late Submission)
see attachment

Rural Utilities Final comments 4.13.09.doc 88.5 KB

Sara C. Wedeman, PhD

(Late Submission)
It is very important that data on broadband access be collected as part of the full Decennial Census, to be conducted in 2010. In the two attached documents, I explain and illustrate why this is so urgent.

letterredecennialsw.pdf 82.48 KB
BBmap&CensusSW.pdf 6.17 MB

"Eckmann, David" <>

(Late Submission)
Please see the attached comments which FPL FiberNet, LLC respectfully submits regarding the administration of grants under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.


David Eckmann
Director of Core Business Development, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
FPL FiberNet, LLC
305-345-8053 (cell)

FPL FiberNet Comments to NTIA 20090413.pdf 188.03 KB

Victor Pizzurro, Development & Planning Director - Town of Lamar

(Late Submission)
The Town of Lamar is trying to receive funds to install and or initiate a telecommunications infrastructure project for the Town. We have been approached by several companies, residents and other businesses to install the system into our general area. The Town of Lamar is located only 3 miles from Interstate 20 and services a large rural area. Time Warner Cable currently surrounds our jurisdiction and has 3 nodes that can easily adapt to our local area needs. We are working with US Rep. John Spratt, S.C. Senator Gerald Malloy and S.C. House Rep. Robert Williams to obtain funds to establish higher level cable and broadband into our area. Economic Development projects have been turned away due to the current state of cable in our area. The residents are currently working on a survey of the area to establish how many of them will promote the services once they are available. A mapping survey of a five mile radius of the Town has established a 7,500 to 10,000 population base which directly shows the need. Please review the information we have obtained as attachment to our cause and needs. We look forward to comments from the NTIA and what your organization can do for our local area. The costs to install the project are well under 2 million dollars which should be cost effective once the population base has been serviced.


Victor Pizzurro, Director
Development & Planning

email from Ben Breazeale Time Warner.doc 326.5 KB
Lamar.BMP 4.77 MB
Darlington.BMP 3.57 MB
Spratt letter January (2).doc 122.5 KB

"Driessen" <>

(Late Submission)
Now the text streaming has also cut out with the following message:

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Since I was previously receiving the text stream, I am sure this is not a problem with my firewall.

Can you please be sure that Asst. Secretary receives the below comment and question?
----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:15 AM
Subject: Streaming of Kickoff was unavailable

I was able to get streaming text, but video and sound was unavailable. My flash Player and were working just fine on my computer. Perhaps, there were just limited connections available. My question is whether the panel will consider the municipal special purpose local Goverment Entity ("LGE") as a preferred model for grant oversight? Letting a community know that they "own" the network will help increase success.

As long as communities follow their own state law, where applicable (on providing cable tv or telecommunications, or refrain from anti competitive franchising where there is no state law on point) then the communities can become providers of telecommunications with public forum oversight of all the activities. But more importantly this provides a means to leverage momentum in both financing and penetration into rural areas.

James Driessen, JD/MBA BSME
305 N 1130 E
Lindon, UT 84042
wk 801.796.6924
mb 801.360.8044
fx 801.785.2744

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"Stoller, Jessica L - COMMERCE" <>

(Late Submission)
Attached are the comments of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in regards to Docket No. 090309298-9299-01.


Jessica L. Stoller
Wisconsin Dept of Commerce
Policy Initiatives Advisor
Ph (608) 261-8469

Wisconsin Dept of Commerce
201 W. Washington Ave. 6th Floor
P.O. Box 7970
Madison, WI 53707-7970
Fax (608) 266-3447

WI Dept Commerce Comments Docket 090309298-9299-01.pdf 56.83 KB

"Brendan Kasper" <>

(Late Submission)
On behalf of Vonage Holdings Corp., attached are Vonage's comments on
the NTIA/RUS joint request for information on the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009's Broadband Initiatives, NTIA/RUS Docket No.
090309298-9299-01. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Brendan Kasper
Senior Regulatory Counsel
| 23 Main Street | Holmdel, NJ 07733
t: 732.444.2216| c: 848.219.9567

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Vonage Comments on Stimulus Broadband Funding Programs.DOC 114.5 KB

"Curtis Blessing" <>

(Late Submission)

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(Late Submission)
Comments of COMPTEL in Response to RFI

COMPTEL Comments to NTIA and RUS clean copy.pdf 100.36 KB

Joseph Lorkovic

(Late Submission)

Attached are my comments, suggestions and request for clarification.

Thank you.

economic stimulus.doc 38 KB
economic stimulus.doc 38 KB

Sandy Scofield and Carol Farnham

(Late Submission)
See attachment.

NTIA-comments-4.doc 122 KB

Bertney Langley

(Late Submission)
Please see attached pdf for comments.

BTOP_comments.pdf 185.25 KB

David Hazzard

(Late Submission)
Comment to the NTIA-RUS Request for Information is attached

NAST 4-10-09 NTIA-RUS Joint RFI ARRA 2009 Broadband Initiative.pdf 53.69 KB

Juan Eugenio Rodríguez de Hostos

(Late Submission)
Please see the attached file

RFI doc 1.docx 25.1 KB


(Late Submission)
Attached please find Comments of TracFone Wireless, Inc. on NTIA's BTOP.
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this submission.


Debra McGuire Mercer

Debra McGuire Mercer
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TracFone - NTIA.pdf 486 KB

"Hansel, Anthony" <ahansel@Covad.COM>

(Late Submission)
On behalf of Covad Communications Company, attached are Covad's comments
for submission in NTIA/RUS Docket No. 090309298-9299-01. Please contact
me if you have any questions concerning this filing.

Respectfully submitted,

Anthony Hansel

Assistant General Counsel

Covad Communications Company

1750 K Street, NW

Suite 200

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 220-0410 (tel)

(202) 833-2026 (fax)

Covad NTIA Comments.doc 46 KB

"Shaffer, Allen" <>

(Late Submission)
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Milo Mecham

(Late Submission)
The Regional Fiber Consortium would like to apply for funds but is most concerned about the match requirements. If a cash match is required the Regional Fiber Consortium and most other public agencies will not be able to apply because they have limited resources. the resources that they have been able to invest in broadband have been invested, so they should be allowed to include some of this investment if it is an integral part of the project.

Comments Responses to NTIA.doc 46.5 KB

"Scott Bashore" <>

(Late Submission)
To Whom it may concern,

Please find attached a word document containing comments for RUS Docket No. 090309298-9299-01 for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives

A 2 page summary is included in the document with 18 pages of follow-up documentation.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.


Scott Bashore

Scott W. Bashore
Manager of Broadband Services

w 703.771.5578
m 571.233.8144
f 703.771.5037

41975 Loudoun Center Place
Leesburg, Virginia 20175-8901

Loudoun County, Virginia NTIA Submission.DOC 645.5 KB

Jagdeep Singh

(Late Submission)
Please see the attached letter from Jagdeep Singh, CEO of Infinera Corporation, regarding the Buy American provisions of ARRA, and correcting some information on the record about the U.S. broadband manufacturing market.


Joel Bernstein
On behalf of Infinera Corporation

Infinera letter to NITA and RUS (June 22) .pdf 116.07 KB

Chris Cooper

(Late Submission)
attachment included

Comments of Intelliwave LLC.doc 241 KB

David Sohn <>

(Late Submission)
Attached please find written comments of the Center for Democracy &
Technology on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. These
comments are in Word format.

If there is any problem with the transmission, please contact David
Sohn at 202-637-9800 x317.

CDT NTIA comments.doc 49.5 KB

Shashi Gupta

(Late Submission)
Comments and a Presentation are filed in the form of atttachments.

NTIA RFI Response (Rev1.0).pdf 146.53 KB
Mapping Presentation to NTIA 12MAR09 (Rev 1.0).pdf 5.14 MB